Texas lawmakers receive COVID-19 vaccine despite ineligibility | Government and politics

Texas lawmakers receive COVID-19 vaccine despite ineligibility |  Government and politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Austin’s leading health authority offers coronavirus vaccines to Texas lawmakers and their key staff, whether they are currently eligible for state guidelines.

Dr Mark Escott, acting medical director of Austin Public Health, confirmed to the Dallas Morning News on Thursday that he had organized the vaccination effort with Ascension Seton, a local hospital health system. He said he knew at least five to ten lawmakers from both sides who had been vaccinated through this process in recent weeks.

“If they’re talking to lawmakers, they’re not talking to anyone else. But, again, the overall strategy is to get the vaccine into people’s arms as quickly as possible, ”Escott said. “We must recognize that there are competing interests and that continuity of government is vital.”

An Ascension Seton spokesman said the hospital was cooperating with Escott’s request, adding that most of those vaccinated so far were eligible under …

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